The performance of Google’s new Tensor system chip is revealed in synthetic tests

In this news, we’re looking at the performance of the manufacturer’s new Tensor system chip relative to the Snapdragon 888, which dominates the Android market, based on reviews of Google Pixel 6 phones released abroad.

Google unveiled the new Pixel 6 smartphones last week, along with the company’s first system chip representing its own design. Now the reviews of the phones have also started to appear on the web and with that we have also got an overview of the performance offered by the circuit.

The processor performance of the Tensor system circuit is based on processor cores divided into three different performance classes according to current trends, but unlike the Snapdragon 888, which dominates the Android market, the Tensor has as many as two of the most powerful Cortex-X1 cores. Correspondingly, however, the lower-power power cores in the section that are paired with it are based on the older Cortex-A76, in addition to which there are only two instead of three. However, as power-saving cores, the Tensor has four familiar Cortex-A55 cores.

On the GPU side, Tensor offers the Mali-G78 MP20 graphics driver, which is a multi-core version of the Mali-G78 MP14 found inside the Exynos 2100 used by the Galaxy S21 Ultra, among others. According to XDA-Developers, Tensor appears to be somewhat connected to Samsung’s Exynos circuits, and even before the release, Google was rumored to be designing the circuit in collaboration with Samsung.

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In light of the performance measurements released in the first estimates, the processor solution used by Google is not quite the best on the market, but in the Geébench 5 test, it loses out in the performance of both single and all cores for the Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100.

The performance of a single core, based on Cortex-X1, is understandably close to the results of the Snapdragon 888, but still loses slightly, reaching results of about 1030-1050 points, with both Snapdragon and Exynos reaching about 1100. In multi-core stress, on the other hand, the result is clearly 2700-2900 lower than the results of Snapdragon and Exynos at about 3300–3600 points.

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In terms of longer-term processor stress, the Pixel 6 Pro with Tensor, on the other hand, has outperformed its predecessor, the Pixel 5, and the decline in performance has not been as great as the stress has continued. However, for the OnePlus 9 Pro with Snapdragon 888, the new Pixel has disappeared in the same test, but this cannot yet be counted directly as circuit differences, but it can also be differences in cooling capacity between different phones.

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In terms of graphics performance, however, Google’s new chip catches up with Qualcomm, and the results of the 3DMark Wild Life Extreme test, among others, are virtually 1900 between Tensor and Snapdragon 888, according to CNET tests. Guide estimates that at moderate levels near 34 FPS.

However, according to baseline Wild Life tests by XDA-Developers and the Android Authority, the Tensor circuit has even gone past Snapdragon from 888 to 6,200 to 6,500 points. According to the Android Authority, the Galaxy S21 Ultra with Exynos 2100 has reached just under 5,800 points and the OnePlus 9 Pro with Snapdragon 888 has reached just under 5,700 points.

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Overall, therefore, based on initial estimates, Tensor will not be able to revolutionize the market, but will inevitably lag behind Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 and Samsung’s latest Exynos 2100 in terms of processor performance. On the graphics side, however, performance is virtually level and in some estimates, Tensor has even surpassed its competitors, making graphics performance arguably at the forefront of the Android market.

Sources: Android Authority, CNET, Tom’s Guide, XDA-Developers

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